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Lukas Foss Dies at 86


Lukas Foss, composer as well as respected pianist and conductor, died on Sunday, aged 86.

George Steel to take over at NYC Opera


George Steel, longtime director of Miller Theatre at Columbia will take the helm of New York City Opera, leaving his post as general director of the Dallas Opera after only three months.

Betty Freeman dies


Betty Freeman, a leading patron of new music in the late 20th and early 21st century has died at the age of 87. Freeman was the galvanising force behind an impressive and undogmatic range of modern classics, from John Adams' Nixon in China, to Birwistle's Antiphonies. She was the dedicatee of works by Cage, Feldman, Berio and others, and in all supported the creation of over 400 works by over 80 composers.

New Music Box Feature

List of Betty Freeman commissions

Arvo Part new symphony available online


Tom Service reports today that Arvo Part's new Symphony (no.4) is available in full online, even before it has been premiered. The first performance is due to be given by the LA Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen next year.

As Service reports, this is probably more of a publicity stunt that the shape of things to come, but it's a generous new development at least:


Carter Outtakes


Matthew Guerrieri interviews Elliot Carter, 100 this Thursday, for the Boston Globe here but also check out the equally interesting outtakes from the interview on Matthew's blog here

The Rest is Noise wins Guardian award


Alex Ross's "intricate, kaleidoscopic, all-embracing history of 20th-century music from Mahler to La Monte Young" is the winner of this year's Guardian first book award.

More details

Tom Service suggests it goes on your Xmas list

Brett Dean wins Grawemeyer


Brett Dean has become the first Australian to win the $200,000 Grawemeyer prize for his violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing, co-commissioned by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Cologne Philharmonie and premiered in the US by the Boston Symphony.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2008 awards for visual artists and composers.

The three recipients of the composers awards are Emily Howard, Evan Parker, and Janek Schaefer.

Each winner receives £45,000 ($67,000), administered in equal installments over three years.

The awards were announced this evening at a ceremony at the Royal Institute for British Architects.

Gérard Mortier leaves NYC Opera


Gerard Mortier has withdrawn from New York City Opera, following a financial short-fall that left Mortier with a limited budget. Mortier had launched an exciting program of opera including new commissions from Philip Glass and Charles Wuorinen as well as performances of Messiaen, Stravinsky, Britten and Janacek operas. The future is now unclear.

NY Times article

New daring season at NY Phil


At a press conference the new music director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, announced a daring new approach to programming, with an opening concert featuring Messiaen's Poeme pour mi and a new work by Magnus Lindberg, who becomes the orchestra's composer in residence for the next two years.


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